Gain control over things and the life: 7 principles of minimalism
1. We are not what we have
Contrary to what would make us marketers, we - we, and things - these things are. There is no magical way to blur these boundaries. Think how much you bought just for the sake of creating an image: handbags, home furnishings, footwear, guitar or newfangled bait. All this in order to impress others or to amuse their imaginary "I" - the one that is about to lose 10 kg, traveling around the world, visiting secular parties and plays in a rock band.
In addition, we identify ourselves with the things of the past and cherish high school diplomas, medals, sporting events, or lecture notes. In justification say that all of this - evidence of our achievements. Perhaps it is time to part with these relics.
Looking at things with a critical eye, one can marvel at how many of them revere the memory of the past and embody the hope for the future. Unfortunately, when these things is given too much space, time and energy, they become a hindrance of life in the present. We are not what we have - we are our deeds, thoughts and favorite people. Getting rid of the remnants of the past, unfinished business and unrealized fantasies, we make room for new opportunities.
2. Less things - less stress
First of all, we experience if we do not have things. Perhaps, something caught my eye in a shop or in an advertisement, and suddenly the question arose: how could a lifetime to do without it? At the neighbor it is, my sister gave it, a colleague bought it last week. Start to think that we cheated ... Then we worry about how to purchase it. Once they get what they want - to buy a new headache as it is necessary to take care of the thing.
Do not exercise authority over you stuff enough to hold in place?
How many precious hours spend on a visit to dry cleaners as Saturdays ruin because of the need for an oil change or repair the car? How many free days, killing repair or waiting for visits of employees of repair services? How often are fighting in hysterics (or give a scolding children) over a broken vase, a cracked plate or stains on the carpet?
Let's take a break and remember how carefree and happy feel students. And it is no coincidence that it was then that we were probably the least assets. Study, life and entertainment were much more important than things in the property. And it is this state of joy we reclaim using minimalist outlook.
3. Less things - more freedom to
Imagine that you were offered a dream job, but to get it, you need to go to the other end of the country within three days. You will be delighted and will begin to make plans? Or, looking round his house, become anxiously ponder how to pack all the property? Would not you dread the thought that you have to carry all the things thousands of miles (or, worse still, this idea will seem ridiculous)? What is the probability that in the end you decide not to bother, since settled down at home, and may eventually turn up something else?
This assumption may look crazy, but do not exercise authority over you if things are so, to hold in place? For many, the answer is likely to be "yes." Things may be an obstacle to doing something new or develop new skills. They are building around us prison wall. Standing on a minimalist way we parse these dungeons and return your freedom.
4. Get rid of useless and ugly
British poet and artist William Morris suggested this idea: "Do not keep anything in the house that are not considered useful or beautiful." Good idea, but how to implement it in practice? Take inventory. By and large, all of the items in the house can be divided into three categories: useful, beautiful and emotionally rich. Useful - so functional, they help in business and make life more comfortable. But to be useful, the object must be used. That's the trick: most of us have a lot of potentially useful things that are idle. It duplicates or devices, complicated to use. Even objects "in extreme cases" and those that "may require", whiling away their days in the depths of cabinets. These are the first candidates for dismissal.
we admire beautiful things. But if the collection of Murano glass dust on a shelf or, even worse, it is necessary to pack in the attic, it is no more than a colorful trash. Please rate each item, which stands in a prominent place, if a bauble causes joy and gives a feeling of comfort, harmony, its place in your home is fully justified.
Finally, a huge part of the living space is occupied memorabilia, which symbolize the emotional attachment: grandmother's set, my father's collection of smoking pipes, a wedding dress. They recall the important people, places and events. It also gifts, heirlooms, souvenirs. Talk to every thing. Ask her, "How often do I take you?" "Do you replace Stan, if you get lost, broken, or relieved by getting rid of you?", "Do I even wanted to get you?". If you stumble on something useless, ugly or strange throw.
5. Install the control of the shopping
Each candidate for the purchase is necessary to ask (silently, of course!): "Deserves whether you place in my house?", "What can serve as an au pair?", "Facilitate whether my life or you have more problems than good?", "Is Do I have a place for you? "," Do I have something similar? "," if I want I leave you forever (or at the very long term)? "," How difficult will get rid of you? ". If an item does not bring to your life in terms of good or beauty, mentally hung a sign: "Sorry, there is no vacant seats." Simple initial refusal to eliminate the need to deal with tons of trash in the future!
6. Do not store unnecessary gifts to
They are certainly not to be clean out of sight at the bottom of the drawers or cabinets in depth - we are struggling with cluttering! The solution is simple: do not let them be occupied. Keep a special box for things intended to return, somewhere far away from the living space, and immediately submit to unwanted objects. When it is filled, take the nearest charity that you like.
photo gifts work wonders if this bauble, take a picture of it on the mantelpiece, if a sweater or scarf - popoziruyte them for photos. Send your photos to the donor, and the subject give, and everyone will be happy.
7. Enjoy without owning
We were incredibly lucky: in today's world, available in almost all the masterpieces of mankind without the need to purchase and store at home. Arts, culture and entertainment in abundance in large cities, and there is no need to try to play them at home.
Coffee machines, mediazaly, home fitness centers are wildly popular in the market. The impression is that people decided not to leave their homes. Perhaps, instead of to buy, maintain and repair all the equipment, should just go to a cafe, a cinema or a gym? If you can not resist buying beautiful things, repeat the phrase "enjoy without possession" as a mantra when you go shopping. Admire the elegance of glass figurines, elaborately dressing antique bracelet or ceramic vases with bright colors, but do not take them home. Think of it as a trip to the museum.
8. Enjoy what is
Author of "Tao Te Ching" Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote: "Knowing wealth is rich." Enough - this is how much? Enough for one, is too small for the other, and too much for the third. This is the case when the basic needs of food, water, clothing and living space are met, happiness is almost nothing to do with the amount of things. From this point on the marginal utility of additional things is rapidly shrinking, and when saturation occurs, becomes a negative value. When we all have enough, and we are grateful for that, we will not ask for more.
What to do? Focus on what is, rather than what is not. It helps a little exercise. Take a pen and a piece of paper. Walk through the house, making a list of all property. Make it every book, plate, shirt, every shoe, every trinket. Difficult? Try to limit to one room. Still it does not work? Then try to describe one drawer cabinet. Too much, is not it? And you still feel that you are missing something?
9. "Live simply so that others may simply live"
These words of Mahatma Gandhi - the most important motive for the minimalist lifestyle. We divide the world with more than 6 billion people. Space and resources are not limitless. Any "excess" that we allow ourselves, means that someone else (now or in the future) have without something to do. In either bought our subject, from food to books and from televisions to cars, use of the natural resources.
Yield - minimize consumption preferring goods from biodegradable or recyclable. Furniture, household items, electronics, clothing, books, toys and much more to buy in the secondary market. This will help reduce the negative impact on the environment and the lives of others.
Source: Francine Jay "Joy Small" ( "E", 2018).